Ever since Magic 2015 was announced, there has been a flurry of speculation about the nature of a new type of product that's debuting with the upcoming core set: Clash Packs. Trick Jarrett has finally broken the silence about Clash Packs in the latest Arcana article on magicthegathering.com, even showing off Magic 2015's apparent blue-versus-green packaging. Jarrett said:
First off, let me clarify one thing: Clash Packs are not replacing Event Decks; instead, Clash Packs will alternate with the Event Deck, meaning that you'll see a Clash Pack for Magic 2015 , and an Event Deck for "Huey." The Clash Pack will then return in "Dewey."
A two-player product, the Clash Pack contains two sixty-card decks designed to be played against each other. It's a great way to introduce new players to Magic. And it also comes with six premium foil cards with alternative art.
So what happens when your friend is ready for the next level? Well, the Clash Pack comes with instructions that show you how to combine cards from each of its decks to create a new deck designed to be equal in power to what you would expect from an Event Deck. But this is only one combination. There are countless ways to make a deck your own.
Two ready-to-play sixty-card decks
Six premium cards with alternative art
Magic rules reference card
Languages: English, Japanese, French, German, and Chinese (Simplified)
Although Clash Packs are definitively not replacing Event Decks outright, nor are they replacing Duel Decks, they may be the new variant on Booster Battle Packs. The "six premium foil cards" here are not explicitly from Magic 2015; these may be any combination of cards from the previous blocks, Modern staples, or preview cards from coming blocks or supplemental products.